Madame XD

Madame XD

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Classically trained Erhu player from Beijing, Xiao Dong Wei (aka Madame XD), lands in Detroit and quickly teams up the city's top musicians to form the hard-hitting 'Madame XD'. Xiao Dongs sings in English and Mandarin to the unique musical result of a Detroit/Chinese multi-culti collision.

Biography

Madame XD, AKA Xiao Dong Wei, a classically trained Chinese musician, playing everything from Erhu (two-string Chinese violin), Guzheng, Pipa to piano, cello and percussion—not to mention vocals—has taken a front seat on the performance roster in her now hometown of Detroit. Having grown up in Beijing, China, and being accepted by the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at the tender age of 11, she has not stopped in her quest for musical excellence. Ten years later she earned her degree and is now considered a “master?of the Erhu, not to mention the numerous awards she has received based upon her performances and overall talent.

After moving to the US in 2005, Madame XD began playing various gigs with many different musicians and musical styles. Detroit has since become her home base where she has been warmly welcomed within the flourishing Detroit music scene by an eclectic mix of musicians and supporting fans, alike! She immediately started an Alternative-Chamber Music trio made up of a Bluegrass guitarist, a mandolin player and Xiao Dong on Erhu. This instrumental group played a blend of traditional American Bluegrass, some traditional Chinese folk tunes and some original contributions from the Progressive-Rock mandolinist, Paul Ossy.

From that time forth, Xiao Dong has formed other bands with the focus being on original material. She does live studio work and has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) in many Michigan cities. Her performances as a classical soloist have continued as she has been invited to play with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

Of late, Xiao Dong has teamed up with Japanese-born piano virtuoso, Yuki Mack, a Steinway?roster pianist who has released three CDs with her sister, pianist Tomoko Mack. Xiao Dong and Yuki play a flawless set of classical Asian music as well as classical Western music by composers such as Bach and Beethoven. Xiao Dong plans to finish up a CD with Yuki in China in early 2009.

In her latest project in 2008, Xiao Dong formed a new, hard-hitting, five-piece band called “Madame XD.?XD plays Erhu, Guzheng, Pipa, cello, piano, percussion and sings in both languages. All of the songs are co-written with her husband, Ken Hottmann, who plays bass, guitar and Guzheng. They recently released a limited-edition ?5?with their first two songs, “Black Silk?and “Liar Liar,?which has received radio and Internet airplay in and around Detroit, NYC, Boston, and in places as far away as Australia, France and England. Madame XD has just released the 5-song Black Silk EP, and has been recently a featured article in many magazine and *newspapers, both nationally and internationally. In the future she’s interested in creating electronic music. You can get a taste of this with her song, “Sorrow of Separation,?which is available on her myspace page. So, if you’re looking for something old with something new, then Madame XD is the one to watch out for! You’ve never heard anything like it!

For more info on Madame XD, please go to www.myspace.com/xdwei -
www.xiaodongwei.com - or contact Xiao Dong directly at kkhan96@hotmail.com

Discography

Madame XD-Black Silk/Liar Liar - 7" vinyl 2008.
Madame XD-Black Silk EP - CD 2008.
XD WEI-String Theory - CD 2007.
Xiao Dong Wei - Erhu Solo by... - CD 2004.
streaming at: www.myspace.com/xdwei
radio airplay: Detroit, Boston, NYC, Phila, Seattle, Olympia, UK, Australia, France, etc.

Set List

Liar Liar
What the Hell Is Wrong With You?
Two Countries
Pearl
Black Silk
Horseracing
Lost In Grey
She's In China
John Wayne Rides His Horse on the Great Wall
The Unsaid
Two Countries
Horseracing
White Light
various covers-Sonic Youth, CCR